Rate Hike Hearings! Pittsfield, Springfield, Greenfield.
SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER!
Join Public Opposition to the Eversource Rate Hike Request!
Show up, speak up, write a letter. Please attend even if you do not intend to speak – we need people power showing support for speakers.
Eversource has asked the MA Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to approve:
A 10% rate increase for residential customers in western Mass
Increased investor profits to a guaranteed 10.5% (exceeding the average)
Imposition of confusing demand charges on unsuspecting consumers and new fixed charges on households with solar panels
What can you do?
Attend a DPU hearing on the rate hike request
Pittsfield Monday April 10 – 6 pm Berkshire Antheneum
Springfield Wednesday, April 12 – 7pm, City Hall, School Committee Meeting Rm
Greenfield, Wednesday, April 26 – 7 pm, Greenfield Middle School Auditorium
You can sign up to speak or simply attend to show your opposition. No signs allowed in the hearing room but T-shirts or buttons with messages are fine.
You must include the docket number (17-05), your name, a brief description in the subject line (eg Comment on Eversource rate hike request).
Some talking points:
I oppose the Eversource rate increase request because it asks for:
Unjustified rate increases that will be hard on our families and businesses
New charges to residents with solar panels that will slow the vital uptake of new solar installations
Excessive profit for the companies and their stock holders with no assurance of the company meeting our clean energy and energy efficiency goals
For more talking points go to this document.